Quincy History

As the birthplace of John Adams, John Quincy Adams and John Hancock, Quincy has long been recognized for the pivotal role her native sons and daughters played in the fight for American independence. It was John Adams – the “Atlas of Independence” – who championed the dream of a new nation on American soil, a country built upon the principles of freedom, justice and a passionate spirit of independence.

That independent spirit would lead succeeding generations of Quincyites to pursue the American dream with the same passion and tenacity as their revolutionary forefathers: men and women like Howard Johnson – who opened his first ice cream shop in Quincy – and Amelia Earhart, who once held a financial interest in Quincy’s Dennison Airport.

And the spirit is alive today: While in Quincy, be sure to visit our many historic treasures to learn more about these important chapters in the Quincy story:

As First Lady to the 2nd President of the United States and mother of the 6th President, Abigail is one of the most respected and influential women of the early revolutionary period of American his

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Open second Sunday of the month from June - November. Private tours available by appointment.

180 Norton Street
Weymouth, MA 02191
Phone: 781-277-1271

On June 17, 1775, Abigail Adams and her seven year old son John Quincy walked the short distance from their farm to the top of Penn’s Hill, where they observed the smoke and fire of the Battle of B

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the cairn is situated in a residential neighborhood.

340 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Known as the “Church of the Presidents,” this historic church was built from Quincy granite in 1828 with funds provided by John Adams.

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Open April 19 - November 11, Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Group tours are available upon request.

1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-0062

Begin your Adams experience at the park Visitor Center and view the new park movie, Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family.

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Historic Houses and Visitor Center open April 19- Nov. 10, 9am-5pm daily. Visitor Center stays open Nov. 11

Visitor Center
1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

Built in 1731, the Old House at Peace field became the residence of the Adams family for four generations from 1788 to 1927.

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Open April 19 - November 10, 9am - 5pm daily

135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

The John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States.

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Open April 19 - November 10, 9am - 5pm daily

133 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-773-1177

Named for Private First Class William R.

Quincy Shore Drive
Quincy, MA 02170
Phone: 617-376-1253

Built in 1844, old City Hall is one of the oldest functioning seats of government in the country.

1305 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1295

The earliest surviving home of the Quincy family, this house was built in 1686 by Edmund Quincy and greatly expanded and remodeled in 1706 displaying the evolution of colonial architecture.

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Open limited Saturdays May - September. Private showings and group tours available.

34 Butler Road
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-742-3190

This historic site in the Blue Hills Reservation is an impressive remnant of the nation’s first commercial railroad (1826), which used horse-drawn cars to carry the massive granite blocks from the

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the railway is situated in a residential neighborhood.

75 Mullin Ave
Quincy, MA 02169

Besides its picturesque beauty, this West Quincy cemetery is singularly significant for its association with Solomon Willard, “the Father of the Granite Industry” and noted architect of the Bunker

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Open dawn to dusk.

Hall Place
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-376-1253

From 1630 to 1854, Quincy’s most illustrious residents and civic leaders were buried here; Henry Adams, the first Adams to live in Quincy and ancestor of John Adams; Colonel John Quincy, for whom t

1307 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA

Home to the Weymouth Historical Society, the homestead houses a genealogical library with Weymouth records from the 1600’s, a shoe shop which is original to the homestead, a military room with memo

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Open Wednesdays 9 am – 1 pm, excluding holidays and by appointment.

238 Park Avenue
South Weymouth, MA
Phone: 781-340-1022

President John Adams lived to be 90, and it is thought that his penchant for exercise was a contributing factor.

The son of Massachusetts’ governor and one of the principal founders of Connecticut, John Winthrop, Jr.

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Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the furnace is situated in a residential neighborhood.

61 Crescent Street
Quincy, MA 02169

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